Within a year of its first James Beard Award nomination, this popular Dallas-area bakery moved to bigger digs in the same shopping center, adding table service and a brunch menu. The light-filled cafe has pretty tile floors, views of the bakeshop, and a cozy waiting area. Besides the same stellar croissants, pastries, and quiche that put the place on the map, there are hearty breakfast and lunch offerings. We shared a glorious mound of chilaquiles—freshly fried tortillas bathed in an earthy ranchera sauce along with black beans and avocado crowned with fried eggs. The kale Caesar also impressed, topped with excellent sourdough croutons, pine nuts, and richly flavored confit tomatoes. Next, we indulged in the mind-blowing banana praline pancakes. Thick and fluffy, the massive creation was a dead ringer for a layer cake; the light textured pancakes came perched on a pool of luscious caramel sauce and topped with brûléed banana halves and hazelnuts. We returned for the pork belly sandwich—another home run—the meat teamed with kimchi scrambled eggs tucked inside slices of toasty French bread (house-made, of course). Don’t overlook the monthly pastry specials; we lucked into a White Russian Cruffin—flaky coiled croissant dough filled with coffee pastry cream and topped with perfect, not-too-sweet meringue.
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La Casita Bakeshop
Come for the stellar croissants that put the bakery on the map, stay for the hearty breakfast and lunch offerings.